Friday, September 28, 2007

Satellites capture evidence of Burma crackdown

High-resolution satellites images may provide valuable evidence of the
violent methods used by Burma's ruling junta to crack down on
pro-democracy demonstration in recent days.
...Evidence has been requested from satellite imaging companies, including GeoEye and Digital Globe, which provide pictures with a resolutions down to about 1 pixel per metre.
...The US Campaign for Burma
plans to take all the evidence to the UN to support their plea for
invention by the Security Council. "Even China and Russia can no longer
argue that nothing is happening in Burma," says Aung Din, policy
director for the US Campaign for Burma.
...The work is part of the AAAS Geospatial Technologies Program,
set up by the MacArthur Foundation to help human rights organisations
gain access to new technology. "Claims made by human rights
organisations can be difficult to verify and quantify," Bromley says.

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